Charles Southall

Vice President, Engineering and Design

Charles Southall

Charles Southall is vice president of Engineering and Design for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2017, Southall is responsible for all ship design, construction engineering, fleet engineering services, and test engineering.

He joined NNS in 1988 as an engineer in the submarine program and has since held leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including director of Submarine Engineering, where he established the Columbia-Class Submarine Program Office. Prior to his current appointment, Southall served as the company’s chief engineer and was responsible for leading engineering efforts across all Navy programs.

Southall earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Old Dominion University. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Southall currently serves on the Old Dominion University Research Foundation Board, Engineering Advisory Boards at Hampton University and Norfolk State University, the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation Board, the Peninsula Crime Stoppers Board, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Recreational Fisheries Advisory Board.


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Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard’s vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 23,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit

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